It was another fine day of weather, running, jumping and throwing Wednesday during the Bob Shay Invitational track and field meet at Wood River High School’s Phil Homer Field.
For the third straight year, the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks from Twin Falls won the boys’ and girls’ team titles of the six-school meet in dominating style—by 75 points over Twin Falls in the boys’ totals and 73 over Wood River in the girls.
Success in the distance runs fueled host Wood River’s charge to the girls’ runner-up spot and third among the boys.
The Wolverine girls (124 points including 39 distances and 34 relays) swept the distances with senior Janel Passey (3200-meter winner), senior Mariah Stout (1600m) and junior Kenya Schott (800m). Sophomore Sara Lichtenberg won high jump.
Wood River also captured the 1600m sprint medley relay with Levi Browne, Michelle Mason, Sara Lichtenberg and Passey, and the 4000m distance medley with Schott, Passey, Amy Cantrell and Stout.
Placing second were freshmen Michelle Mason (100m) and Pilar Pennell (300m intermediate hurdles).
Junior Alexis Gonzalez led the Wolverine boys (94 points, 42 coming in distances) with a sweep of the 800m winning by 3.87 seconds, the 1600m by 8.59 seconds and the 3200m eight-lapper by 18.76 seconds.
Gonzalez anchored Wood River’s winning 4000m distance medley to first place with his teammates Irvin Gonzalez, Ryan Anderson and Cormac Heneghan.
Wood River’s boys posted seconds from junior Kyle Mungal in 400m dash and senior Brandon Yagla pole vault. Taking thirds were Irvin Gonzalez (3200m), Noah Russell (300m intermediate hurdles) and Taylor Douthit (discus).
One of the state’s smallest schools, 1A Division 1 Challis Vikings, brought one of the best female sprinters in the state of Idaho. And junior Hannah Cain, the reigning State 1A 200-meter dash queen, didn’t disappoint the fans.
In the race of the day, Cain (59.35 seconds) held off Canyon Ridge’s fine junior Jullia Aguayo (59.52) in the 400m dash. Cain came within the blink of an eye of breaking the 400m stadium record set by Canyon Ridge’s Brianna Bowcutt in 2011.
Cain, who owns the top 200m time of all Gem State athletes this spring with a 25.76-second clocking, came very close to that by pulling away from Aguayo and winning Wednesday’s 200m in 25.84. She also anchored Challis’ winning 4x400m relay team.
Led by Cain and 100m high hurdle winner Samantha Forsgren, a senior, the Vikings earned third place in the team standings with 80 points.
Other standout performances at the Bob Shay included:
Sprinters Jacob Johnson of Twin Falls and Teague Sweesy of Canyon Ridge, two of the best in the 4A ranks this spring, going head to head in the 200m dash. Senior Johnson (22.66 seconds) pulled away over Sweesy (23.41).
Johnson also won the 400m dash and long jump and joined the second-place Twin Falls 4x200m relay team. Sweesy helped Canyon Ridge’s sweep in the four basic relays by joining the first-place 4x100m and 4x200m relay squads.
For the girls, Minico junior Macy Vail won the shotput and discus while Canyon Ridge senior Ellie Packham won the 300m intermediate hurdles by 1.50 seconds and anchored two winning Riverhawks relays.
The meet is named for 33-year Blaine County teacher and coach Bob Shay. He retired in 1988 and passed away at 73 in 2000, but he guided generations of Blaine County students through the pitfalls of adolescence with a simple philosophy—saying “All we want is your best.”
Hailey athletes are signed up for the Bru-Hawk Relays Friday, May 2 at Bruin Stadium in Twin Falls, with field events starting at 4 p.m.
Team results, event winners and Wood River top-six placers from Wednesday’s Bob Shay Invitational:
Teams: 1—Canyon Ridge 197 points (41 sprints, 24 distances, 26 hurdles, 36 relays, 70 field).
2—Wood River 124 points (15 sprints, 39 distances, 12 hurdles, 34 relays, 24 field). 3—Challis 80. 4—Minico of Rupert 54. 5—Twin Falls 50. 6—Burley 34.
100m: 1—Jullia Aguayo (CR) 12.78. 2—Michelle Mason (WR) 13.04. 200m: 1—Hannah Cain (Challis) 25.84. 4—Michelle Mason (WR) 27.24. 5—Sara Lichtenberg (WR) 28.07. 6—Lexi Browne (WR) 28.33. 400m: 1—Hannah Cain (Challis) 59.35.
800m: 1—Kenya Schott (WR) 2:34:17. 6—Amy Cantrell (WR) 2:53.70. 1600m: 1—Mariah Stout (WR) 5:57.43. 3200m: 1—Janel Passey (WR) 12:29.09. 3—Kenya Schott (WR) 12:52.36. 5—Amy Cantrell (WR) 14:00.00.
100m high hurdles: 1—Samantha Forsgren (Challis) 16.56. 4—Pilar Pennell (WR) 18.77. 300m intermediate hurdles: 1—Ellie Packham (CR) 50.73.2—Pilar Pennell (WR) 52.23.
4x100m relay: 1—Canyon Ridge (Jullia Aguayo, Carissa Burks, Rebecca Cabello, Ellie Packham) 52.44. 2—Wood River (Emilia Bingham, Brooke Sundholm, Bailey Rierden, Lexi Browne) 57.84. 4x200m: 1—Canyon Ridge (Carissa Burks, Rebecca Cabello, Kelsi King, Ellie Packham) 1:50.70. 3—Wood River (Michelle Casas, Chloe Lichtenberg, Brooke Sundholm, Emilia Bingham) 2:02.60.
4x400m: 1—Challis 4:26.90. Sprint medley relay (100, 100, 200, 400): 1—Wood River (Lexi Browne, Michelle Mason, Sara Lichtenberg, Janel Passey) 1:58.00.
Distance medley relay (1200, 400, 800, 1600): 1—Wood River (Kenya Schott, Janel Passey, Amy Cantrell, Mariah Stout) 13:28.88.
Shotput: 1—Macy Vail (Minico) 33-2.5. Discus: 1—Macy Vail (Minico) 112-6.
Pole vault: 1—Kaylee Olson (Challis) 9-1.
High jump: 1—Sara Lichtenberg (WR) 5-0. 6—Ana Wiederrick (WR) 4-0. Long jump: 1—Madison Bell (CR) 14-9.25. 4—Lexi Browne (WR) 13-4.5. 5—Ana Wiederrick (WR) 13-3. Triple jump: 1—Lindsey Williams (TF) 32-9. 3—Bailey Rierden (WR) 30-7. 6—Emily Todd (WR) 28-5.
Teams: 1—Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 193.82 points (43 sprints, 8 distances, 27 hurdles, 40 relays, 75.82 field). 2—Twin Falls 118.32
3—Wood River 94 (16 sprints, 42 distances, 6 hurdles, 16 relays, 4 field). 4—Challis 66.32. 5—Minico 59.5. 6—Burley 20.
100m: 1—Teague Sweesy (CR) 11.32. 4—Alberto Gonzalez Jr. (WR) 11.95. 200m: 1—Jacob Johnson (TF) 22.66. 400m: 1—Jacob Johnson (TF) 51.68. 2—Kyle Mungal (WR) 53.90.
800m: 1—Alexis Gonzalez (WR) 2:12.22. 4—Irvin Gonzalez (WR) 2:21.84. 1600m: 1—Alexis Gonzalez (WR) 5:12.00. 6—Ryan Anderson (WR) 5:47.23. 3200m: 1—Alexis Gonzalez (WR) 11:18.12. 3—Irvin Gonzalez (WR) 11:46.54. 6—Nathan Stouffer (WR) 12:55.00.
110m high hurdles: 1—Kadun Allen (CR) 16.52. 300m intermediate hurdles: 1—Cody Cunningham (CR) 43.28. 3—Noah Russell (WR) 44.77.
4x100m relay: 1—Canyon Ridge (Portor Casdorf, Bailey Hiebert, Sead Muradbegovic, Teague Sweesy) 45.40. 4x200m relay: 1—Canyon Ridge (Portor Casdorf, Bailey Hiebert, Sead Muradbegovic, Teague Sweesy) 1:33.60. 3—Wood River (Noah Russell, Alberto Gonzalez Jr., Brandon Yagla, Kyle Mungal) 1:43.70.
4x400m relay: 1—Canyon Ridge (Beau Dunford, Cody Cunningham, Lance Teske, Eric Navarette) 3:38.91. Sprint medley relay (200, 200, 400, 800): 1—Canyon Ridge (Angel Martinez, Isaac Martinez, Shane Derr, Alfonso Montes De Oca) 4:29.57.
Distance medley relay (1200, 400, 800, 1600): 1—Wood River (Irvin Gonzalez, Ryan Anderson, Cormac Heneghan, Alexis Gonzalez) 12:27.13.
Shotput: 1—Dakota Lakey (CR) 46-5. Discus: 1—Logan Mangum (CR) 132-7. 3—Taylor Douthit (WR) 128.11.
Pole vault: 1—Lance Teske (CR) 11-6. 2 (tie)—Brandon Yagla (WR) 10-0.
High jump: 1 (tie)—Braeden Lowe (TF) 5-6 and Kadun Allen (CR) 5-6. 6—Michael Todd (WR) 4-4. Long jump: 1—Jacob Johnson (TF) 19-11.75. Triple jump: 1—Ethan Allen (TF) 37-0.